Nicki is back with the visuals for her latest singles “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz.” Directed by Steven Klein and Giovanni Bianco, “Chun-Li” music and video draw heavily from Asian influences with a spoken monologue with open Chinese scrawls along with the word spoken by Nicki, describing how she’d always known the plans of her attacker whose knife blade she thwarted at the last second- black and white. Colors flash in and the music starts, and it’s classic Nicki dressed as an Homage to Chun-Li from Capcoms famous Streetfighter II. “They need rappers like me” Nicki states in the song, beckoned by the crash of a gong- indeed they do.
“Barbie Tingz” displays Nicki in varying costumes from a marionette on a string, to a puffy pink 50s dress and everything in between. An empowering song that showcases Nicki’s confidence and bravado in context of her music, style, and personality. A modern day “I’m Bad” by James Brown, but with the attitude, Nicki purveys with her persona. Both songs make reference to her pink print- stated in the opening monologue of “Chun-Li” and the line “Wanna see what they do when they lose the blue… print/I mean pink print.”
Watch the visuals below!